The Orpheus Foundation
The Orpheus Foundation is an organisation that supports wonderful young musicians in that crucial phase between conservatoires and the profession.
In a time when securing a place in an orchestra is getting ever more difficult, the work that Orpheus does is increasingly important in providing opportunities for young musicians to play in public, meet and work with established members of the profession and develop an all-round knowledge of the orchestral repertoire. We are thrilled that in the few years that Orpheus has existed, already many musicians have gone on to win auditions and trials in various orchestras around the UK.
In 2012-13 we performed all the Beethoven Symphonies, worked closely with one of the UK's leading composers, Stephen Goss, recorded a CD, travelled to festivals and developed our association with leading orchestral musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others. We welcomed a whole host of established soloists, including Tasmin Little, and created platforms for newly discovered talent through the Orpheus Musician of the Year and Orpheus Composer of the Year competitions. We also welcomed back "Orpheus Stars" such as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Aleksei Kiseliov, who over the years have thrilled our audiences with their music and formed a strong bond with our players and public alike.
Orpheus Sinfonia has embarked on an exciting new project for 2013-2014 – a musical tour of the world and its classical masterpieces. Each concert focuses on a city or country/region that has been the source of so much of the classical music repertoire, including St Petersburg, Scandinavia, Vienna, Bohemia, Paris, London and New York, and the orchestra will again be joined by established soloists.
The Orpheus Foundation is also delighted to continue its very popular chamber music series which showcases wonderful young ensembles in its lunchtime concerts at St James, Piccadilly. This season's programme is once again generously supported by the Richard Carne Trust.
Most Orpheus Sinfonia concerts take place in St George's, Hanover Square, London W1, the church where Handel used to worship. The intimate atmosphere and social element surrounding our performances there give our concerts a special appeal. We encourage our audiences to enjoy drinks from the bar and to circulate before concerts and during the interval. We look forward to welcoming you there!